Over 7 months ago, I started working on a novel; it was a product of circumstance – the only way I knew how to express myself in a tumultuous point of my life. I had just moved to Toronto after a rollercoaster international relationship and was forced to face the seemingly dire prospects of life […]


A rare respite from the mayhem of Hanoi, The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in dedication to Vietnam’s finest scholars. It’s the kind of place where you can will away hours with a good book and a notepad, insulated from the bustle of the outside world. Men sleep sheltered from the imposing daytime heat, dragons breath […]


Two weeks ago, I arrived in Hanoi: the heart and soul of Vietnam; an old and sprawling city that is equal parts charming and disorderly. Of course, this is not my first time here – but rather a return – and that chaos that I so desperately sought surrounds me now; in the frenzy of […]


The signs at the baggage carousel ricocheted in front of my eyes – a top 15 list eschewing the glories of tourism in the Philippines – over and over again, as I waited nearly two hours for my pack in the chaos of the dingy baggage claim area, the conveyor belt dominated by hundreds of […]


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